Age spots are nasty especially on the face. Though they normally are not dangerous it is at least a cosmetic issue that can negatively affect your self-esteem. But age spots might be common on other areas as well - your hands, arms and shoulders most likely. To get rid of age spots you should first be familiar with what they are and where they come from. After that you have to think what would be the best way for you - depending also how much money you are ready to put on the treatment (there are also cheap methods that might be worth of trying). In this article I will first tell you about the age spots and then about the ways to get rid of them but also how to prevent to get them again.
What are age spots?
Age spots as a term refers to the brown spots that appear on the skin. The terms brown spot, sun spot, liver spot, lentigo and senile/solar lentigine mean exactly the same. The spots range from light brown to red or almost black in color. Formerly it was incorrectly believed that liver spots were due to liver problems. Age spots neither have anything to do with how old you are, though they are more common with older people.
Where do the age spots come from?
Since the age spots are the result of the sun, the term sun spot is more accurate and I will call them sun spots from here on. The skin ages in the sun - the longer you have stayed in the sun the older your skin feels even if your physical age is not high at all. The sun damages the melanocytes (cells in the skin's surface layer) that produce melanin pigment and transfer this pigment to other skin cells to help to protect us against the sun's UV rays. Totally these melanocytes form only 5-10% of the cells in skin's surface layer (epidermis).
Many people (like me with Irish background) have very little melanin pigment and their skin is not very affective to protect from the sun exposure and when the sun is shining down on them, the body doesn't know how to respond properly. The result can be abnormal melanin pigment that forms spots.
Can they be dangerous?
Short answer is yes, it is possible that they are cancerous. But in the vast majority they are harmless and no treatment is necessary. To be sure about that you should consult your dermatologist.
Home remedies for age spots:
You can apply fresh ghritkumari juice (Aloe Vera) on the age spots everyday. This is an effective treatment.
Rubbing fresh cucumber slices or its juice is very useful in removing age spots.
Take one teaspoon vinegar and one teaspoon olive oil and mix them well and allow it to rest for 5 min and then apply on age spots. After half an hour wash it off using fresh water. One of the useful home remedies for age spots.
Age spots treatments using raw papaya---Take small amount of grated raw papaya and rub on your face gently everyday and allow your skin to rest for some time.
Age spots treatment using castor oil (arandi ka tel )---Dip small piece of the cotton ball in castor oil and dap it on the age spots gently. This is very effective in the age spots treatment.
Mix 1-2 teaspoon fresh orange juice in half tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Use the fresh mixture everyday on your age spots. This diminishes the age spots in a month’s time. This is one of the best home remedies for age spots.
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Apply butter milk (chanch) on the age spots. This is an effective home remedy for age spots treatment.
Stems of dandelion are very effective in the treatment of pimples, boils, age spots. Acne and many other problems are also cured by dandelion herb effectively. You can take the dandelion tea at any time of the day to cure the age spots and other skin-related problem. You can also chew the dandelion leaves or apply the fresh juice of its leaves on age spots. This gives good and effective results.
Mix chandan powder and few drops of rose water and gently mask on the age spots and allow it to dry for 15-20 minutes than wash your face. This is one of the important home remedies for age spots.
Take two-three teaspoon of buttermilk and fresh tomato paste (one tablespoon), mix them well and gently cover the age spots using the natural homemade mask and allow it dry for 15-20 min and then clean it using cold water.
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